Fusion Center Guidelines: Developing and Sharing Information and Intelligence in a New World - Guidelines for Establishing and Operating Fusion Centers at the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Level [July 2005, Version 1] [open pdf - 3MB]
"How can law enforcement, public safety, and private entities embrace a collaborative process to improve intelligence sharing and, ultimately, increase the ability to detect, prevent, and solve crimes while safeguarding our homeland? Recently, an initiative has emerged that incorporates the elements of an ideal information and intelligence sharing project - fusion centers ('center'). This initiative offers guidelines and tools to assist in the establishment and operation of fusion centers. The guidelines are a milestone in achieving a unified force among all levels of law enforcement agencies; public safety agencies, such as fire, health, and transportation; and the private sector. Fusion centers bring all the relevant parties together to maximize the ability to prevent and respond to terrorism and criminal acts. By embracing this concept, these entities will be able to effectively and efficiently safeguard our homeland and maximize anticrime efforts."
U.S. Department of Justice, Information Technology Initiatives: http://it.ojp.gov/index.jsp